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Best coq au vin in Manhattan

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  • JC2 Oct 26, 2011 07:40 AM
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I would prefer something cozy and romantic. Price not terribly important, i already have a reservation at DB Moderne, but would prefer something more charming.

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  1. L'Absinthe has a Coq Au Vin, probably a bit more romantic than DBBM. Also Le Veau d'Or, as classic old-school French a place as you'll find, if that's the kind "romantic" you're looking for.

    If you're willing to drop the "au vin" part, the chicken-for-two at Marc Forgione is a thing of beauty, and what's more romantic than sharing a chicken? The ambience cozy / dark but neighborhoody. Depends on your definition of "romantic" if it fits the bill, I guess.

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    DB Bistro Moderne
    55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

    Le Veau d'Or
    129 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

    Marc Forgione
    134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: sgordon

      Have you been to Le Veau d'Or recently? I've heard it's a shabby shadow of its former self.

      1. re: City Kid

        No. I just know it still exists.

        Most haute French places are shabby shadows of their former selves, though... that's part of their charm, sometimes.

        1. re: sgordon

          No, Le Veau d'Or is not charmingly shabby. I respect the owner for soldiering on - he's in his late eighties - but the food is not good, and you can't rely on the kitchen actually having everything that's on the menu.

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          Le Veau d'Or
          129 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

        2. re: City Kid

          A case where I am happy to eat my words...went for to Le Veau d'Or for lunch and enjoyed it immensely. Like being transported to a bistro in Paris...charmant!

          1. re: City Kid

            Well, le Veau d'Or is slightly shabby but it has atmosphere and charm and its total lack of pretention makes for a very relaxing experience. I recommend it!

            1. re: bronwen

              Yes, no introduction from our non-actor waiter!

              1. re: City Kid

                Sounding more and more like a slice of heaven in the cave.

      2. La Mangeoire is just what you are looking for.

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        La Mangeoire
        1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Not cozy nor romantic ... unless you're 60+, imho.

          1. re: RCC

            I completely disagree.

        2. Le gigot.

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          1. re: mahler5

            I thought of Le Gigot, but i checked their menu - no coq au vin

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            Le Gigot
            18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: JC2

              Often available as a special and it's good. Nice atmosphere too.

              1. re: Wilfrid

                Based on this, i called them. They are so nice. They are serving it tonight, but offered to save an order for me for Saturday night. Thank you.

                1. re: JC2

                  How was it?

          2. Tout Va Bien, Chez Napoleon, Pergola, Des Artistes.

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            Tout Va Bien
            311 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

            Chez Napoleon
            365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

            Pergola Des Artistes
            252 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

            1. La Ripaille?
              L

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              La Ripaille
              605 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

              1. I'm a huge fan of the coq au vin at Les Halles. Not sure it fits the "cozy & romantic" bill but I've never had a richer more savory base.

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                Les Halles
                411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016